Pushkar – City of Temples

Pushkar – City of Temples

Pushkar – the city of temples is a famous pilgrimage center of Hindus and Sikhs. One of the most important Hindu temples, Brahma Temple, is located in Pushkar. Pushkar is home to around 500 temples and Ghats, most of them are around 200 years old.

Located 10 Km from Ajmer and 150 Km from Jaipur, Pushkar is famous for its annual fair featuring, trading of camels, horses & cattle. The fair attracts about 1 million domestic and international visitor in a year.

The city serves as a gateway to the Thar Desert, therefore desert safari is the most common adventure activity here. Pushkar is a shopper’s paradise as shops filled with stunning silver jewelry, palazzos, sarees, antiques made of mud are famous amongst tourists.

Distances from Pushkar

City Distance
Delhi 400 km
Agra 385 km
Ajmer 10 km
Jaipur 150 km
Jodhpur 200 km
Sawai Madhopur 300 km
Jaisalmer 500 km
Bikaner 260 km
Mount Abu 380 km
Bharatpur 330 km

How to Reach Pushkar

Pushkar is well connected to the major cities of India by Air, Train and Road.

Air: Nearest airport to Pushkar is Jaipur, which connects Pushkar with major Indian cities like Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, and Chennai.

Train: - Tourists require to board train up to Ajmer and then take a half-hour drive to Pushkar. Ajmer railway station is well-connected with major Indian cities, thus Pushkar can be reached by hiring a cab.

Road: - Pushkar is also accessible by road. With bus services available from Delhi & Jaipur both – Pushkar can be reached easily.

What to see

Pushkar Lake

Pushkar Lake

‘Pushkar Lake’ Located in Ajmer district of Rajasthan, is a holy place of Hindus. Also known as ‘Tirth Raj’ – as per ancient beliefs, with a holy dip in the lake, people cure themselves of their sins and skin diseases. Surrounded by more than 500 temples and 52 bathing Ghats, the lake was believed to be created by Lord Brahma.

A Hindu pilgrimage site, Pushkar fair is held around the lake in which thousands of pilgrims take a holy dip, especially around Kartik Poornima in the month of October-November.

Situated amidst Aravalli range of hills, this sacred lake dates back to 4th century BC.

Brahma Temple

Brahma Temple Pushkar

Brahma Temple – also known as “Jagatpita Brahma Mandir”, is situated close to Pushkar Lake. It is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India.

Built-in 14th century, the temple is visited by Pilgrims, holy men, and sages after taking sacred bath in Pushkar Lake. Built of marble and stone slabs, the temple has a distinct red pinnacle. During October-November, every year, a religious festival is held in honor of Lord Brahma, in which thousands of pilgrims take place.

Apteshwar Temple

Apteshwar Temple Pushkar

Next to Brahma Temple is - Apteshwar Temple, another important pilgrimage place, dedicated to Lord Shiva. A huge number of devotees of Lord Shiva celebrates “Shivratri” with eagerness. The statue of Lord Shiva is built with white marble and is decorated with various ornaments. Numerous carvings and sculptures of various Hindu deities add mesmerizing beauty to the temple.

The temple dates back to 12th Century but was demolished by Emperor Aurangzeb & was rebuilt later in the 19th Century.

Savitri Temple

Savitri Temple Pushkar

Situated atop Ratnagiri hills is Savitri temple, one of the most visited temples in Pushkar. An hour trek leads to this famous temple from where one can witness a breathtaking view of the Pushkar Lake & its surrounding areas.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Savitri or Saraswati, wife of Lord Brahma. Built-in 1687 CE, the temple origin is itself of an interesting story & is a perfect place to witness stunning sunrise from the top of the hill.

Varaha Temple

Varaha Temple Pushkar

One of the most ancient & rare temples, Varaha temple is dedicated to Varaha – the third incarnation of Lord Vishnu is situated in Pushkar. The temple dates back to 12th century AD and was destroyed by Aurangzeb. Later in 1727, the fortified temple was restored by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur.

Pushkar Camel Fair

Pushkar Camel Fair

One of India’s largest livestock fair & culture fete – Pushkar Camel Fair – is held annually every year in the holy Hindu month of Kartik. Celebrated for five days from Kartik Ekadasi to Kartik Poornima, apart from the trading of livestock, camel safari, camel race, various cultural events such as tug-of-war, longest mustache competition, Matka phod, etc takes place. During this fair, the city is filled with music, color, songs, and movement of various musicians, tourists, traders and devotees. The fair alone attracts more than 2,00,000 visitors across the globe.

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